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The Boy Scout Commemorative Rifle

The Ruger Boy Scout 10/22 is a semi-automatic rifle that is chambered for our most useful and versatile cartridge – the 22 Long Rifle. Perfect for the beginning shooter, the 10/22 has a unique ten-shot rotary magazine, a tapered 18 ½” blued steel barrel, and a beautiful carved walnut stock. The adjustable hard sights on this premium edition also come with a scope base for the optically inclined.

 

The walnut stock is laser-engraved with Boy Scout and Ruger logos, and on the buttstock portion is a replication of a Norman Rockwell Boy Scout saluting, with the Scout Oath in the background. On the pistol grip is engraved the twelve points of the Boy Scout Law. See it & bid on the upcoming penny auction TONIGHT at Yankeetactical.com.

A Dose of SHTF Realism

Civilization has fallen. Marauders are everywhere. No one can be trusted. You are on your own to protect and feed your family. Necessity forces you to hunt for life continuing supplies on your own.   

 

The sun has just risen. You sling your AR-15 or AK-47 over your shoulder weighing in at between 8 to 10 pounds (‘cause you like add-ons). Your backpack of 60 to 100 lbs is loaded down with everything your research and experience dictate you will need. It is a little heavy but it is better to have something and not need it than need it and not have it. Then you heft your 9 pound ammunition pouch of 4 steel 30 round magazines and the thought occurs to you, “This is getting freakin’ heavy!”

 

Experience and opinions on how much ammunition should be carried are wildly varied. Hollywood never seems to think that anyone carrying an AK-47 needs more than the clip in their rifle. Some Vietnam veterans recall carrying more than 600 rounds on patrol. But how much is the right amount for you?

 

As we don’t have a real life SHTF situation to draw from, the closest comparison would be the infantryman’s basic combat load. Infantrymen are men trained to carry heavy loads while navigating the rigors of combat. Historically, the load varies from army to army, unit to unit and soldier’s purpose to mission. However, we can use some averages for this discussion. Various sources site the basic load of soldiers over the years:

 

Era

Weapon*

# of Round Carried**

WWI ‘Doughboy’ Infantryman    

Springfield

80 / 60

WWI ‘Tommy’ Infantryman    

Enfield

100 / 50

WWII ‘GI’ Infantryman    

M1 Garand

80

WWII ‘Wehrmacht’ Infantryman    

MP-40

224

WWII ‘Wehrmacht’ Infantryman    

Mauser

120

WWII Japanese Infantryman    

Arisaka Type 99

60 / 60

Vietnam Infantryman

M16

96

Falklands War Infantryman

FN-FAL

160

Current UK Infantryman

M-16 / M-4

180 / 300

Current US Infantryman – Light

M-16 / M-4

210

Current US Infantryman

SAW

200 / 800

 

‘*   These numbers do not represent personal side arms, other equipment and ammunition / grenades / etc. carried to support the squad.

‘**  The first number represents combat ready rounds in magazine or box and the second number represents loose rounds in the pack though this number is not always cited in sources.

 

One reference cites that seemingly low ammunition loads are not considered an issue as not everyone in the squad is utilizing their weapon in a firefight. The squad leader directs fire, radiomen call in support and report progress, security men protecting the flanks and rear may not fire their weapon at all. Ammunition may then be redistributed to those remaining combat effectives.

 

However, being alone in the SHTF situation changes the dynamic. You’ll need ammunition load sufficient to hunt and protect yourself. At a wholly unscientific weight of a loaded 30 round steel magazine with associated carry all webbing at 2.3 lbs, how much can you carry?

Can You Still Get Great Deals on Firearms?

Absolutely! And I know what you are thinking, the market has exploded in the last four years. Prices have skyrocketed! Manufacturers of both firearms and ammunition are working around the clock to produce and the demand is higher than ever. This past Black Friday set the record for the number of firearms sales in this country. The only question is what are you willing to pay when you finally ‘pull the trigger’?

Here is a list of our recent auction wins:

DPMS ‘Sportical’ Tactical Rifle in .223   Retail Value $708.64      Sold for $12.10

Ruger SR22 Pistol in .22LR                  Retail Value $399.99      Sold for $2.02

Taurus Judge in .45LC / .410                Retail Value $680.00     Sold for $0.06

Mossberg 500 Cruiser in 12 gauge        Retail Value $478.00     Sold for $1.84

YankeeTactical.com has the answer! We are a penny auction website offering firearms and accessories for the enthusiast. And yes! These wins are real!

What is a Penny Auction? It is an auction denominated in Penny Bids. Each Bid is purchased by the customer in Bid Packs the cost of an individual bid varies on the size of the bid pack purchased. Larger Bid Packs may average as low as 65 cents per bid and are often our most popular. However, for smaller Bid Packs, the cost is a little higher. Packs range from 30 to 500. We accept most major credit cards and bids are instantly credited to your account.

What does it take to win?  Registering and bidding couldn’t be any easier. And with these 4 EASY steps, you can be well on your way to saving 100’s of dollars on your firearms or accessories purchases! Here is how it is done:

 

1.       Registration – It is simple and free to register! Your account information is never sold or shared with anyone (read our Privacy Policy)

2.       Buying Bids — Purchase a package of bids at a level that that suits your needs. If you are new to online auctions, start with a small package. ‘Old Hands’, those used to auction bidding, may buy more. And the better you get at the auction process, the larger the package of bids that you will buy to improve your auction skills

3.       Placing your Bids – Review the current auction items, add auctions to your personal “watch list” (or not). Click the “Bid” button on the items you want, and you increase the auction price by 1 Penny (that’s right! One Cent!) – HOW INCREDIBLE IT IS TO PURCHASE YOUR NEXT FIREARM OR ACCESSORY FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR!

Remember, though, that each bid you place is a bid you’ve purchased (Read our FAQ’s to learn tips and tricks that lead to a successful purchase for you). As the auction timer approaches ZERO at ten seconds or less, each new bid increase the final clock by 10 seconds. You can just imagine the Auctioneer announcing that the auction is “Going, going…. gone.”

Practice, strategy, and patience are the keys to buying the products you want at unbelievable prices. Then you can tell your friends how you SAVED big time on your purchase.

4.       Winning the Auction — If you are the highest bidder when the auction closes, you win! The all you have to do is use our system to complete the purchase for the auction final amount, shipping and arrange for the transfer of your firearm to an FFL Dealer or your accessory to your home.

WARNING: if YOU cannot legally own a firearm, or if firearms are illegal in your community, you can not bid on, win, or purchase a firearm on this site. All firearms are shipped from a Federal Firearms Licensee (“FFL”) to a local FFL near you. Your local FFL will return the firearm to us if the firearm is not allowed in your community. Further, the local FFL will require you to complete the normal paperwork ATF Form 4473 and complete an NICS E-check online to verify that you are eligible to own a firearm.

So please do NOT bid on a firearm unless you know whether or not you are able to own it legally!!

Is there any Automated Assistance for placing my BIDS? Yes! On the auction detail page, enter at what minimum price you want the BidBot to start bidding and the total number of bids you wish for the BidBot to place. Don’t forget to click the “Activate” button to save your settings and activate your BidBot.

Once activated, and the auction reaches your minimum price, the BidBot will either place Bids for you at random intervals to insure that you are the high price or randomly within the last ten seconds of an auction (remember that Bids placed in the last 10 seconds of an auction add 10 seconds to the auction clock).  

 

What if I don’t Win?  YankeeTactical.com offers the BUY IT NOW (BIN) option on our auctions. While Bonus bids do not count toward the BIN price, the BIN price begins at retail and for each bid you place will lower the retail price by sixty five (65) cents. The price will continue to decline until you have lowered the price by one hundred (100) percent. So your Bids are never wasted on your favorite auction! You can buy the product using the Buy it Now feature at any time after placing your first bid on the product, and up to 8 hours following the auction closing time. See FAQs for more details.

With patience, strategy and attention to detail you can win the firearm on your Christmas Wish List. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

Team Yankee Tactical

info@yankeetactical.com

 

How Do You Define Home Defense?

I suppose the question of how to you define ‘Home Defense’ is the central issue? Are you defending your home against a burglar? Ninjas? Government agents coming to take your guns? Zombies?

 

Let’s assume that you are concerned about a break in and keep your weapon in a sufficiently reasonable, law satisfying container that is tamper and child resistant, what next? Unless you live in a mansion, short range effect is a major consideration. Remember that CCDW tells us that the average gun battle happens at 7 yards (21 feet). Close enough for someone to charge you with a knife and expect to score a hit.

 

So that takes us to consider the type of ammunition that you plan to use. Do you want a round that puts holes in things and travels on (i.e. 9mm) or are you looking for a round that transfers kinetic energy into the target knocking them down (i.e. .45 ACP or 10mm). While it is fun to put holes in things, is it possible your family could be in the path of the bullet as it travels onward out of your target?

 

A jacket round is much more likely to in a home defense scenario to penetrate the target. Hollow points, the Home Defense rounds, offer greater kinetic transfer and tissue damage. Frangible rounds that fragment within the body sending jagged splinters in all directions, and may be the origin of the Hungarian word ‘goulash’, settles the dispute quickly.

 

The experience expectation is high in the burglar scenario that you won’t completely use the first clip (though I would argue that multiple prepared magazines are a wise idea).

 

So you want a round that meets your expectations, considers your environment, and insures that if you or your loved ones are threatened, you can respond appropriate manner with the correct level of force. Remember that if the burglar is loading your new HD TV into his getaway van, shooting is a poor decision as evidenced by the body of state laws concerning the use of force. So place a high priority on life threatening scenarios where you are justified in pulling the trigger.

 

Next is the platform that you would use. If you are considering a handgun, what are you comfortable with? Size, fit and feel, the amount of practice you devote to this hobby, your comfort level with recoil all contribute to your accuracy in a life threatening situation.

 

Likely, your finely made $1500 handgun, that shoots perfectly and accurately, will be confiscated by the authorities when they come to take your statement and cart away your victim / the corpse. So if a $150 platform meets the needs, is it a better investment for your purposes?       

The Value of Service, Part II

The Value of Service, Part II

Yesterday I detailed a truly awful customer experience from the point of view of the business owner. The experience and conversation documented, customer expectations identified and the disappointing response from the manufacturer outlined.

The feedback was varied but the several I found most poignant detailed my extreme naiveté for even imagining that customer service in the firearms business could ever equal any other industry. A sad viewpoint I found distressing that anyone would simply expect poor service and quietly endue it when it occurred. Given the time, money and energy I have invested in my representatives over the years, striving for ‘World Class’ customer service that identifies your business as a trusted partner in the customer’s purpose was a natural expectation. Especially when one considers that the average firearms purchaser buys less than one firearm per year.

Charitably, the reasons for poor service in an exploding market are easy to discern. An ever increasing customer pool eager to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights before it is no longer available creates ‘out the door’ lines. Fox News reported this morning that NCIS background checks on Black Friday exceeded 154 thousand – far above any previous day. So ‘churn ‘em and burn ‘em’.

Most gun shops sport an ‘All Sales are Final’ sign. From a business point of view, returns add extra cost in a market of already extremely thin margins. The reasons supporting the ‘All Sales are Final’ policy are myriad and completely support the ‘Churn ‘em and Burn ‘em’ ethos. Buyer’s remorse over price, unrealistic expectations on how the purchase would exist in their everyday lives and confusion over how the purchase works are the top reasons for returns.

However, this policy prevents the business from identifying opportunities in how they could address the customer’s needs and create a ‘Returning Customer’. Conversations with customer over how they plan to use the weapon, their experience and overall comfort level often gives way to the most feasible ‘ytr’ (yield to representative). I don’t know that I can count the number of times the representative pitched the deal of the day following a short greeting.

Simple operation instructions or how to field strip the weapon are rarely discussed as the sale closes. Missed opportunities to include the customer in CCDW classes, range memberships and small gun safes for pistols are examples of money left on the table. Over the years I have supplied my email address to many guns shops never receiving so much as an advertisement.

Good customer service takes effort but I believe is well worth it. I hope that Business Owners will consider the possibilities in those moments when there are no customers in the store and the only task calling your name involves your high score on ‘Angry Birds’

YankeeTactical.com

The Value of Service

The Value of Service

No matter what business you are in, it is hard to see a customer dissatisfied.

Small business owners, like myself, often spend an incredible amount of time searching for or evaluating and selecting the right products to offer for sale. We take catalogs detailing product specifications to read in bed, listen for our customer’s experiences and enjoy reviewing the torture testing done by others. Then we bring in a couple samples of the product and to give it our own evaluation. It can be a laborious process. However, when you and your staff can offer your customer product details and personal experiences, you create a relationship where your customer values your expertise and becomes that customer becomes your favorite type of customer – a return customer.

Such was the case with ATI’s complete polymer lower for the AR-15.

A customer and friend purchased on based on my very positive experience and attached it to his newly built AR-15 upper. Several clips in, I noticed the shoulder stock projecting at an odd angle. Popping the upper receiver, we discovered the problem. The polymer receiver’s stock ring had cleanly snapped – to our collective surprise.

Disappointed as we were, we believed the company was reputable (after all, I had written several positive reviews of their firearms and found them well made) and agreed that the true test of a purchase is how the company backs its product when something goes wrong. So the next business day we put ATI to the test.

My expectations were simple after I explained the situation to the representative: empathy that a less than positive experience was had with their product, instructions on where to ship the defective receiver for evaluation and a time expectation to resolve the issue with a replacement. Instead, the silence was thunderous and I found myself asking if the representative was still on the line. He was.

Gritting my teeth, I pulled answers from the reluctant representative. The warranty was completed for the customer online, an address to return defective merchandise was sought and eventually found and an overview of their evaluation process and time expectations were given – Thirty days to evaluate the receiver once received and another 90 days to decide whether to repair or replace the unit.

I asked that ATI pay for shipping and eventually gained a commitment for them to send a shipping label. The representative was somewhat surprised that I would ask for them to pay shipping, after all “the shipping would only be $6 or $7 dollars!” But he guessed he could get one to me in a couple of days. As of this writing I am still waiting.

At no time during the conversation did the representative express any empathy with either the customer’s distress or the position, that I as the dealer, was placed in with a valued customer. I hate to pile on the disappointment, but apparently this is not on the company’s list of addressable issues.

In a market where customer patronage is more fluid than any other point in history, excellent customer service is the differentiator between purchases with your company and the customer going down the street. No one has a market niche that is so exclusive that the customer is forced to deal with only your company or only buy from your product offerings.

Those with experience in coaching customer service representatives will recognize several poor performance indicators. The first is poor interaction training. Customers want to know that the company cares about the customer’s experience. And while many complaints and returns are the result of improper usage or unrealistic expectations, the company has the opportunity to both empathize and educate the customer while committing to a positive customer resolution.

Second is low morale or motivation. Many managers make the mistake of placing a ‘warm body’ on the telephone without considering the image the ‘warm body’ presents. Even basic interaction training and step by step customer service procedures go a long way in maintaining the company’s reputation.

And if I can offer a further bit of advice, if any of your staff is new or has poor interaction skills, separate your customer service representatives from your sales force. Many companies make the mistake of netting returns against sales thus disincenting new representatives from offering service solutions. Many would rather burn the customer than take a hit to their wallet.

Finally, poor service can be, and often is, perceived by the customer as an indication that the company experiences frequent complaints about their products. Representatives are simply exhausted at having to deal with one negative call after the other. And as customer service surveys often tell us, on average, a positive experience is relayed to one other person while a negative experience is relayed to eight.

Companies often think of the short term ramifications of a complaint or return as a hit to sales and ultimately the bottom line. They often forget that when customers rank what is most important to them when dealing with any business, service following the sale most always ranks in the top three considerations – often over price! Customers gravitate to and are willing to pay a premium for your knowledge and support if something goes wrong. Think long term.

YankeeTactical.com

Glock and the Striker Fired Pistol

Glock and the Striker Fired Pistol

And the award for the first production polymer framed, striker fired pistol goes to the German arms manufacturer … Heckler & Koch for the innovative VP70!

‘Heresy!’ cried the Glock crowd. Gaston Glock’s model 17 revolutionized the modern firearms industry and he wasn’t German, he was Austrian!

Sorry, but the record is clear. Glock wasn’t the first to produce a striker-fired pistol. H&K beat them by 12 years in 1970 with the VP70. Manufactured for the law enforcement market, it was capable of full auto fire and the semi automatic version became popular in Italian civilian market. An import restriction largely kept it out of US hands and draws a lot of blank stares when mentioned at your local gun shop.

Glock’s initial fame in the US can largely be attributed to timing. US Law Enforcement was making the transition away from the .38 Special +P to 9mm firearms. Articles and movies claiming that polymer pistols couldn’t be detected by screening methods of the day. And okay, the Glock preformed well and everyone loved to shoot the ugly little beast.

And the striker fired pistol was special with a largely unknown functionality. Working without a typical hammer or firing pin, the spring loaded striker is compressed inside the slide until the weapon is ready to fire. When the trigger is pulled, the safeties are disengaged, and the mechanism, usually an extension of the trigger bar, makes contact and pulls the striker back under spring tension. This continues to increase as the striker is pulled to the rear. At the end of the pull, this trigger bar’s extension pulls or drops off the part of the striker it was up against, and releases it, allowing it to travel forward under the power of the spring and make contact with the primer of the chambered round setting off the cartridge.

And just like other semi automatic pistols when fired, the slide moves rearward under recoil, ejects the spent round and chambers a new one. The pistol is then ready to fire the next round.

On the plus side, the striker fire assembly contains less internal parts and less parts equates to less ‘things to go wrong’. Glock has created a reputation for reliability. Disassembly, and reassembly for that matter, is quick, easy and I never have parts left over.

Most Glock owners will talk about the easy trigger pull that is generally much lighter than Double Action systems. Contrary to the DA system, the shooter experiences the same weight of trigger pull each time. Meaning the shooter does not have to adjust from a first long and heavy double action pull to a second, short and light single action shot. Consistency of experience means a lot when it counts allowing the shooter to remain on target.

The downside list can be long and sociologically complicated. Primary is the lack of an external safety. Imagine the look on the faces of the guys at the range when you unholster your pistol and loudly announce it has no external safety. It’s just not something everyone is comfortable with even if, such as in the case of the Glock, the safety in internal. And you wouldn’t be wrong for being overly skeptical about the little safety lever on the trigger.

When someone says, “if you don’t want to fire the gun, don’t pull the trigger”, you have the right to be uneasy. News stories linking the Glock to accidental discharges and even accidental death are concerning as even the most experienced among us make mistakes. Firearms safety training, even in its most rudimentary form, emphasizes not placing your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire. But in a world where the fault is everyone’s but the person handling the weapon, what can you expect?

Some manufacturers, such as Springfield Armory, add a ‘beavertail’ safety similar to the Colt 1911 .45 ACP. This protects the gun from inadvertent snags on the trigger firing the weapon. You must to have a firm grip on the Springfield before it will fire.

The next ‘con’ is the lack of a ‘second strike capability’. When double action pistol is fired, if the round fails to fire, the trigger resets and you simply pull it again, and hopefully igniting a ‘hard primer’.

On a striker fired pistol, the shooter receives a loud ‘snap’ instead of a ‘bang’. As no ‘second strike capability’ is available, the shooter must cycle the pistol ejecting the non-firing round and loading new. Cycling becomes a major drawback as many will take their sights off their target to perform the action and then, reestablish their sight picture on the target. (And I understand the argument that a ‘misfire’ on any pistol causes the natural impulse to look the weapon over to discover the issue.

The bottom line is the part that most in their excitement to become part of the crowd with the ‘cool’ guns fails to consider – What are my needs and How am I going to use the weapon? Defining your needs and asking questions about your findings not only makes you a more savvy consumer, but a happier, more satisfied one as well.

YankeeTactical.com